BUT as with all things homeschooling, one learns pretty quickly to ignore what others suggest as to how to do things, and to make it fit with what how you do things. :)
What makes it once a week is doing the activities of the unit study on one day per week. It's like taking an afternoon to focus on Knights and Nobles (or a whole day if you'd like). :) What I liked is very simply this: the sheer variety of activities that one can engage their students in: from food, history, writing, bible, reading, art and such like. Doesn't mean you have to do it all.. we certainly didn't, but you can if you'd like depends on your mind set and the mind set of your students as well. :)
How the unit study is laid out:
Four days: make selections from the reading list and read from the suggested list of book or watch suggested videos. Many of what was suggested was not available to me, so I took the theme to the library or to youtube and worked with it. It was not hard to find a variety of reading or viewing options on the weekly theme.
This history unit study includes such once a week activities as family devotions, arts and crafts, history, field trips music, math and so forth.: it appeared to me that all aspects of learning where covered within this one unit of study. :) Nice eh?
One of the weeks we were asked to do some illuminated art work. After some initial hesitation my son took to this like no ones business. He had so much fun designing LITTLE initials for a variety of the play characters he has around the house. They had to be small because his play characters are quite small. ALAS he would NOT let me take pictures of all of them because "they are private". :) But it kept him busy in all his spare time making up little picture shields for each of them.
We had some fun with this unit study. My son for the most part did not want to do any of the crafts that were suggested unless he could do them in miniature for his play creatures. BUT we thoroughly enjoyed reading, and watching videos and discussing a whole variety of items we were presented with.
We did more oral work than written, learning the meaning of such terms as medieval, calculating the length of the middle ages, and playing "stump dad".
We both enjoyed the Stump dad questions, the first couple didn't work but that last ones had him scratching his head only to have a delighted boy give him the correct answer. :)
When we studied the life of a peasant and learned how hard they had to work, we made that practical by doing some digging in our gardens. "This is HARD work" mom was the complaint when we were done. It's good to be able to fit in practical work to make hard facts of history come alive.
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Grade range: Grade 2-12